Finish it Up Friday: Personalized Gifts

personalized stitched gifts Lori Miller Designs

This year I decided to make personalized gifts for almost everyone.  I made a Peekaboo Pencil Case with a pattern by Pickle Pie Designs and embroidered names and picked out fun fabrics to match personalities if I could.


Here are a few of the last ones I made.  I used the fun watch print for my guys.  Now, you don’t have to use the pencil pouch for pencils. I think it would be a great idea to corrall all of those chargers and cords you have for phones and tablets and readers.  Great for traveling or just being able to find them in one place or to make sure someone doesn’t steal your charger.


This one is for the daughter of my friend, Candy.  I love this cute Japanese print with all kinds of office supplies on it.


I found this print this summer in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  It is an adorable print of sheep knitting, I knew I had to have it for my friend, Jennifer.


I started making her a Sew Together Bag by Sew Demented.  I love this very versatile bag and have made six or seven of them.  I used headliner fabric for the “batting” and it really gave a nice shape to the bag.  If you have not tried making the Original Sew Together Bag, you need to put this on your list of ones to try.  I have one for my sewing supplies I take to Sew in Days or for Quilt Retreats.  But it is very adaptable, it would be a great make up bag or gadget carryall too.


Here is the inside with the three different colored zippers.  I have cute sheep fabric and polka dots inside.


I just did a little crosshatch quilting on the bottom part.


I still had fabric left, so I made the Pencil case.  Maybe she can put small knitting needles or stitch markers in there.


Finally, I had to make a little name tag for her to wear when she goes to her knitting group meetings.  The sheep was too cute not to highlight and I added her name in embroidery too.  I used a red print with silver polkadots for a little bling that I picked up at JoAnn Fabrics.

I have a Bernina 630E, it stitched up the names like a charm.  I think I am learning more about my machine now after about 10 years than when I first got it.  Maybe it is because I have more time now.

What are you finishing up stitching for the holiday?

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